PHILIPPINES 2020

Bolstering Youth Capacity to Advance Democracy

Generation Peace Youth Network

$60,000

To strengthen the capacity of youth organizations to promote democratic values and advance human rights. The network of young activists will conduct a series of education and advocacy initiatives to empower youth groups to take action to uphold rights and freedoms. Activities will include the organization of democracy and human rights trainings for network chapter members and partners as well as information dissemination, learning sessions, and public actions across the country aimed at raising awareness among young people about their rights and roles as citizens.

Fostering Civic Participation and Dialogue

Freedom of Information

Novation$236,000

To foster public dialogue and strengthen civic engagement on critical socio-political topics. The organization will develop a digital platform that provides opportunities for citizens to learn about and participate in initiatives addressing key issues and challenges related to democracy. The platform will provide visitors with access to news stories and analyses and options for civic actions.  

Fostering Democratic Values Among Youth

Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking, Inc.

Supplement$58,400

To strengthen coordination and collaboration among young democracy and human rights advocates. The project will build the capacity of young leaders and youth organizations to foster a democratic political culture among a new generation of Filipinos through coordination of youth democracy hubs. The hubs will provide young people with opportunities to develop their understanding and practice of democratic principles. Other activities will present youth with opportunities to contribute their voices to the public discussions and debates on democracy challenges.

Grassroots Capacity Building for Democracy and Human Rights Advocacy

Peoples’ Alternative Studies Center for Research and Education in Social Development

$60,000

To strengthen the capacity of community-based organizations to promote human rights and democracy. The organization will conduct a series of trainings for grassroots activists in three regions of the country on topics related to democracy and human rights principles, active citizenship, networking and alliance building, advocacy, and operational and digital security. Participants will conduct follow-on activities to share their knowledge, expand their networks, and collaborate with one another in advocacy campaigns to support human rights.

Investigative Journalism to Strengthen the Public Discourse on Democracy

Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

$116,600

To bolster the media’s ability to promote transparency and accountability and strengthen public discourse on democracy and human rights through investigative journalism. The organization will produce investigative reports on democracy and rights issues; coordinate capacity building fellowships for reporters; and provide a platform for reporters to share information and collaborate.

Mobilizing Advocates to Protect and Advance Democracy

International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov) Inc.

$172,000

To empower and mobilize an informed public and a multisectoral community of democracy advocates to promote democratic reform. The organization will provide platforms that bring together a diverse range of advocates across civil society, business, and other sectors to examine the current challenges to democracy, discuss critical policy issues, and collaborate to support and protect democratic institutions. Activities will include the organization of roundtable discussions, secretariat support for key coalitions and campaigns, and research.

Mobilizing Citizen Participation to Defend Human Rights

Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

$80,000

To broaden public awareness of human rights principles and mobilize policy support for rights protection. The network will strengthen citizens’ understanding of democracy and human rights, encourage citizen participation in dialogues and collective action to promote rights, and engage decision-makers to bolster defense of rights. Activities will include human rights education initiatives, network strengthening, awareness-raising campaigns, policy advocacy, and outreach to national and international human rights mechanisms.

Nurturing New Voices to Promote Democracy and Human Rights

Active Vista Center

$87,000

To enhance the capacity of youth and artists to foster broad-based citizen engagement in the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights. Activities will include trainings on democracy and human rights principles, storytelling and using multimedia platforms, and advocacy strategies. Participants will go on to develop creative advocacy materials and artworks for a national awareness campaign as well as organize public events that seek to bring local communities into the conversations on human rights.

Promoting Accuracy and Transparency in Public Debate

VERA Files

$78,000

To promote accuracy and accountability in public debate. The organization will continue to conduct a fact-checking initiative that monitors, verifies, and reports on the accuracy of statements made by politicians and government officials. The fact-checking team will publish the non-partisan assessments on its website and promote the articles in traditional and social media to foster more informed political discourse. 

Promoting Responsible Journalism and Press Freedom

Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility

$85,000

To advance press freedom and promote responsible journalism. The organization will monitor media practices and raise awareness of media freedom violations. Other activities will include the publication of an annual report examining the state of the media sector, a conference to highlight professional media practices, and forums convening media professionals to address key issues facing the press.

Strengthening Democratic Participation

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$400,000

To support civic actors to advance democratic norms and values. The institute will implement a project consisting of technical assistance and applied learning opportunities to strengthen the capacity of civil society partners to promote civic and political participation. Project activities will include a series of meetings, skills-building workshops, and follow-on initiatives focused on effective ways to bolster citizen engagement in democratic processes.

Strengthening Civic Participation

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific Foundation, Inc.

$90,250

To strengthen civic engagement by empowering local communities to participate in public debates on key policy issues and to amplify their voices in support of democracy. Activities will include trainings for local leaders on advocacy and partnership building; meetings on democracy-related topics; and awareness-raising initiatives to promote more civic and political participation.

Strengthening Credible Medical Documentation of Human Rights Abuses

The Medical Action Group, Inc.

$60,200

To promote accountability for human rights violations by strengthening medical documentation and investigation practices. The organization will collaborate with representatives from the health sector, legal community, and human rights groups to standardize and systematize medico-legal documentation of human rights violations and cooperate on legal cases to pursue accountability for human rights abuses. 

Strengthening Multisectoral Collaboration to Protect Human Rights

Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS), Inc.

$90,000

To strengthen collaboration between stakeholders from diverse sectors to defend human rights and promote accountability. The group will continue to strengthen its network of legal groups, human rights advocates, and other civil society organizations to provide assistance to victims of human rights violations and to raise public awareness about rights abuses. Activities will include documentation of human rights violations, legal assistance, and providing support for a human rights consortium. 

Strengthening Women’s Voices to Promote Democratic Values

PILIPINA Inc.

Supplement$30,000

To strengthen women’s political participation and empower women to take action to support democratic processes and institutions. Through its network, the organization will bolster the ability of women to speak out collectively against threats to democracy, hold public officials accountable, and engage key stakeholders, the broader democracy movement, and the general public to advance democracy and human rights. Activities will include learning sessions, advocacy initiatives, and awareness-raising campaigns.

Strengthening Youth Political Participation

Young Public Servants (YPS) Inc.

$49,500

To strengthen youth engagement in democratic processes. Through a series of online and offline discussions and workshops, the group will engage young people in conversations about the impact of public policies and governance issues on their lives and the relevance of democratic processes and institutions. It will also develop a coalition of civic-minded young people who will mobilize their peers to promote youth political participation.

Supporting Independent Media and Policy Discourse in Mindanao

Mindanao Institute of Journalism, Inc.

Supplement$60,000

To provide the public with a credible source of independent news reporting and to foster public participation in open debate. The organization will produce an online publication that covers critical and underreported issues in the southern region of the country, including topics related to governance, business, and the environment. The publication will feature articles and reports that examine in more depth the impacts of local- and national-level policies on communities in the region.

Understanding and Addressing Disinformation’s Impact on Democracy

Rappler

$180,000

To strengthen awareness and understanding of disinformation and mobilize multisectoral efforts to address its impact on democracy. The organization will focus on capturing data on the disinformation ecosystem to facilitate research on how disinformation spreads online and how this dynamic affects democracy in the Philippines and around the world. It will also support awareness and education efforts that seek to broaden public understanding of disinformation.